Superhero Series has announced a new collaboration with Endeavour Fund, the charity behind the Invictus Games.
This partnership will look to bridge the gap between the traditionally separate spheres of injured ex-military sport and wider disability sport. The collaboration was set in motion when one the architects of the Invictus Games, David Wiseman, brought along some children from his disability swimming club, Stingrays, to take part in the Superhero Tri.
The Endeavour Fund has supported the sporting ambitions of over 2,000 veterans wounded or injured in service. The charity has helped develop adaptive programmes, including Row2Recovery and Op SURF UK, and created the Invictus Games.
As part of its collaboration, Endeavour Fund will be treating participants and spectators to adventure sport tasters on the day. David and other ex-servicemen and women, including fellow Invictus Games architect Stuart Croxford, will also be stepping up as team captains for the ‘Celebrity Superhero Tri’. They will be united with teammates from the general public to race alongside celebrities, including Adam Hills, Billy Monger and David Weir.
Wiseman said: “The day was simply incredible. As the mother of 14-year-old team member Freya put it, ‘Fourteen years ago we dreamt of days like this. Today that dream came true. This is how all events should be.’ It was very obvious to me how much confidence and self-belief it gave the teams to be part of an event like this and I decided there and then that I would like to become more involved.”
“After my experience at Superhero Tri, Endeavour Fund entered 25 injured servicemen and women into Superhero Series’ second event in December, npower Winter Wonderwheels, and everyone just loved it. For the next Superhero Tri this August we plan to significantly increase that number.”
“I see this collaboration as a natural progression in disability sport,” explains founder Sophia Warner, founder of the Series. “After all, the stronger and more far-reaching our community, the more effective it will be at creating change. Injured servicemen and women embody the Superhero spirit in so many ways and will be a huge inspiration to Everyday Superheroes taking part. In return, I hope our events give them a positive focus on their road to recovery.”
More than 3,000 – some of the UK’s 13.3 million people with disabilities – stepped up to the Series’ two debut events in its first year exceeding projected participant numbers.